BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc (NYSE: BJ) reported record results for its fiscal second quarter on Thursday. Shares climbed to an all-time high after the membership-based warehouse retailer also raised its outlook for the full year.
Should you buy BJ’s wholesale stock at record levels?
Following strong results, a Bank of America analyst suggests you buy BJ’s Wholesale stock as it has upside to $83 (another 13% from here). In a note to clients, Robert Ohmes said:
BJ’s is well-positioned in both the near-term as well as the long-term given its strong value proposition, particularly in fuel, in a highly inflationary environment which should enable it to continue to gain share.
The bullish call is particularly interesting since the BJ’s Wholesale stock is already up more than 50% since May. At $98.8 million, income from membership fee was up 11.3% year-on-year this quarter. Ohmes added:
Membership trends also remain strong, with member count up 6.0% in the fiscal second quarter and an expectation for all-time high first year and tenured renewal rates by year-end.
Notable figures in BJ’s Wholesale Q2 earnings report
Net income printed at $141 million versus the year-ago $111 million
Per-share earnings of $1.03 were well above last year’s 80 cents
Adjusted EPS came in at $1.06, as per the earnings press release
Total revenue jumped 22.2% year-over-year to $5.10 billion
Consensus was 80 cents of adjusted EPS on $4.67 billion in revenue
Comparable sales went up 19.8%; 7.6% when excluding gasoline
BJ’s Wholesale had its merchandise gross margin slid 0.5% only in the recent financial quarter. For the full financial year, it now forecasts its adjusted per-share earnings to fall in the range of $3.50 to $3.60.
Comparable club sales (excluding gasoline) are expected to grow by up to 5.0% this year.
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